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Old 04-16-2019, 12:15 AM
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Hyperactive Beagle!

Long story short, my cousin moved out of, not city, not state but COUNTRY and my sister is now living at his house and taking care of his dog.

She is a 6 year old FAT beagle and is on a strict diet because of it. From what I can gather, my cousin didn't have her in optimal conditions. She wasn't walked a lot and spent a lot of time alone in the house but, according to him, she was an overall calm dog that would just chill with you.

Let me tell you, she is CRAY-ZEE. She canNOT for the life of her sit still in one place and instead will run around the house and get over excited. Also, she doesn't listen at all. When you get mad at her for something she'll act all defeated for a couple of minutes and then do the exact same thing you JUST told her not to do. This goes on for quite some time. Might I note that she doesn't seem to be afraid of me or my sister because she will come up to you for cuddles and then ZOOM shes out the door. She has something akin to permanent zoomies.

My sister walks her but its to no avail. Does she need to exercise her more since she /is/ a hunting breed? Like I said, my cousin said she was pretty chill dog. Or could it be that she is emotionally stressed that her owner is no longer around? I would think that being in the same house with most of the same smells wouldve helped with the sudden change. Shes a sweet dog but just very frustrating. Any idea on how to deal with this? Or maybe an explanation on why she is so hyperactive?
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:58 AM
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This is definitely an adjustment period. All kinds of behavior can be expected in that time. It would be good for you to know what the dog's daily routine was previously and stick to it as much as possible. However, if the dog has always been under-exercised I would start to increase that, especially in the morning, and when your sister returns from having been away from the house.
Walks outside, running games like fetch in the back yard or a long hallway or basement...
Puzzle games to get his mind busy and tired. A snuffle mat for feeding instead of eating from a bowl is an amazing tool. Especially dogs like Beagles who love to experience the world through their nose will get some of that need met with a snuffle mat.
It also slows down feeding, expanding that time of pleasure! Or filling a Kong with wet Kibble and then frozen, can be her breakfast or dinner.

A game of hide and seek, where you hide toys or treats for her to search. Perhaps doing some regular dog-training, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, touch, high fives or learning new tricks with her.

All of those will keep her busy and work out some of that nervous energy. It will help her bond with your sister and in time she will be able to work through the loss of your cousin. The dog does not understand why her owner has disappeared, and naturally she is missing him/her!!! Perhaps the cousin can do some face-time with the dog, or other ways where she can hear the voice! At least she can stay in her surroundings, and that is really wonderful for her!
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I really like what @Littlefox wrote to you!!

I would basically suggest all the same things. More gradual physical exercise, lots of brain workouts and mental stimulation via training, tricks, games. Just make sure it is fun and rewarding for your dog. (and you or your sister!!)

The zoomies are probably her way of trying to burn off the excess stress or nervous energy or frustration of boredom. My dogs do the crazy zoomies after stressful things.

Also, if you guys want to calm the dog down, you could put on some calming gentle music and give the dog some nice massage. I generally do that daily with my dogs to keep them serene and less stressed, especially my Gracie dog.

Thanks for wanting to help this dog, who is probably wondering where the heck her owner is now???!!
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